PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending April 13th, 2018

Happy Friday, readers! It’s been another week of rapid swings for the U.S. and global equity markets, with such diverse causes cited as Facebook’s data privacy scandal and the prospect of a deepening trade dispute with China. On the other side are lasting sources of global economic optimism—and the simple fact that the current bout of volatility comes on the tail end of a remarkable period of stable market growth. Find below a series of helpful articles and analyses aimed at setting the renewed volatility in its longer-term context. We hope you will share some of what you read with a client or colleague.

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Strategic Perspective Is a Key Commodity During Bouts of Volatility
As recently as mid-2016 it was common to hear advisers describe significant market volatility as the new normal, but since then the global equity markets have been remarkably stable and generous; so it makes some sense, experts agree, that investors are feeling jittery as volatility returns to the fore. Read more >
TDF Analysis Highlights Passive Growth, Home Equity Bias
In its discussions with TDF managers, Mercer has found many say they have not aligned with the ACWI, and have continued with portfolios that display home equity bias for a number of reasons; the research also shows strong growth in passive TDF market share. Read more >
Measuring Managed Account Performance Is Part Art, Part Science
A new analysis out from Empower Retirement finds historical investment performance does not serve as an optimal overall measure of value delivered by a managed account; there is strong evidence to suggest “engaged participants” extract more value from managed accounts. Read more >
Institutional Investors Had Diversified in Anticipation of Volatility
Turning to opportunistic allocations and alternative investments, they expect average returns of 7.2% this year, Natixis found in a survey. Read more >
Embrace of Passive Funds Is Not What It Appears To Be
In conversation with Jeff Kletti, head of investments at Wells Fargo Institutional Retirement and Trust, PLANADVISER gets an inside view of some emerging—and some familiar—defined contribution plan trends. Read more >
SEC Takes Aim at Bond Market Liquidity Issues in 2018
The SEC’s new Fixed Income Market Structure Advisory Committee aims to tackle difficult bond market liquidity challenges, with its first official meeting coming up this week. Read more >
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Home Depot ERISA Lawsuit Clears Dismissal Motions

While a court has ruled the plan’s advisers should be carved out of the litigation, the counts against Home Depot fiduciaries will proceed.

A New World and New Opportunities for Alpha
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The drumbeat of Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) excessive fee lawsuits rolls on.

AutoZone ERISA Suit Clears Motion to Dismiss

The district court declined to rule on the reasonableness of comparing actively managed funds to passively managed index funds on a motion to dismiss, clearing the way for discovery and potentially a full trial.

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